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Tyler Ulis gets frustrated when his teammates don’t bring it

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If everyone in a Kentucky uniform possessed the fight Tyler Ulis possesses, Kentucky would be a very dangerous team for the rest of college basketball.

The problem is, Kentucky has a lot of players who don’t seem to bring the fight every night. And that is very frustrating to Ulis, the undisputed leader of the team.

Some guys are giving their all and some guys choose to not come out and play that day,” he said. “It brings our entire team down.”

It’s no secret Alex Poythress is one of the players who struggles with being the best version of himself each and every night. Ulis noted that Kentucky is unstoppable when Poythress fights, especially the way he did at Alabama. But when Poythress is timid, we see nights like the loss to LSU and tonight’s close one with a team UK should’ve run out of the arena.

As for what Ulis does to prevent the off-nights, he said, “I just try to push them. Some guys have it but some guys don’t come out ready to play. When we do, when everyone comes out ready and has the same intensity, we’re a good team.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

2 Comments for Tyler Ulis gets frustrated when his teammates don’t bring it

  1. hweathers
    10:39 pm January 12, 2016 Permalink

    This is not a typical Calipari team from past years. They won’t/can’t play with the intensity of past teams. It doesn’t look like they have “bought into the system” like past teams I don’t see a tournament run in this team. Could be interesting next year with all the new players coming in and a bunch of these being back because they aren’t ready for the NBA.

  2. 2thepoint
    11:50 pm January 12, 2016 Permalink

    Before the Bama game most everyone had written Briscoe off, but now two games later we are glad to have him. He was the star of the game tonight and at Bama. He probably will have some more bad games, but now opponents will have to use more defensive resources on him. If he can flip the switch on his free throws he will be an even better cog in the machine. We have about 2 months for each player to get better and I think they will. Skal is showing signs, but keep the faith in Cal. The players are all good players. I get aggravated for Alex because he can be a great player but some game the switch isn’t on with him. The one that bothers me more than any of them is Willis. He refuses to defend and allowed at least 12 points late in the game.